Symposium: Priesthood in Ancient Judaism at Yeshiva University

This is perhaps one of the most interesting topics regarding Ancient Judaism, especially when we consider the numerous texts that are currently known (e.g. Jubilees, Aramaic Levi) which present figures from Genesis (!) as priests. In other words, the priesthood in some regards is presented as having its roots in periods of time long before Aaron, the first high priest in the Bible.

The Working Group on Jews and Judaism in Late Antiquity at the Yeshiva
University Center for Israel Studies invites you to a symposium:

Priesthood in Ancient Judaism
Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 7-9 pm
Furst Hall, Room 501, 185th Street at Amsterdam Avenue

Moderator:  Steven Fine, Yeshiva University


  • Martha Himmelfarb, Princeton University,

“Priesthood and Wisdom According to the Aramaic Levi Document”

  • Joseph Angel, Yeshiva University,

“Human Priests as Otherworldly Mediators in the Dead Sea Scrolls”

  • Richard Hidary, Yeshiva University,

“From Priests to Rabbis: Tradition in Transition”

  • Respondent:  Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University

All are welcome to attend.  A photo ID is required.

For information, please contact: Joseph Angel at

Source: J. Lauer.


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